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San Sebastian lures big names, political films

17 September 2008 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Madrid -- This month's San Sebastian International Film Festival will feature a competition lineup laden with name-brand directors, fresh-faced talent and a sprinkle of Latin flavor from South America.

Michael Winterbottom ("Genova"), Kim Ki-duk ("Dreams"), Daniel Burman ("The Empty Nest") and Hirokazu Kore-eda ("Still Waiting") will all contend for the festival's Golden Shell, organizers said Wednesday.

The world's most important Spanish-language festival's penchant for politically and socially charged features that court controversy also will continue with at least two Spanish titles that are sure to stir things up.

Jaime Rosales' "Tiro en la Cabeza" already has tongues wagging as it focuses on terrorism in the restive Basque region, the festival's home turf, and Javier Fesser's third feature, "Camino," deals with faith, Opus Dei and a dying 11-year-old girl.

San Sebastian -- which, despite being long on social consciousness, ranks as one of the festival circuit's most fun events »

- By Pamela Rolfe

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